Friday, September 19, 2014

LSC Weekend Preview

Fri - Ouachita Baptist at Texas Woman's
Fri - Oklahoma Christian at Angelo State
Fri - St. Edwards at Texas A&M-Commerce
Fri - Lubbock Christian at Midwestern State
Sat - Dallas Baptist at West Texas A&M
Sat - Texas A&M-International at Eastern New Mexico
Sun - Texas A&M-Commerce at Ouachita Baptist
Sun - St. Mary's at Angelo State
Sun -  St. Edwards at Texas Woman's

Cross Country
Tarleton State at UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic
Midwestern State at Missouri Southern Stampede
Texas A&M-Commerce at Texas Wesleyan Ram Ramble

Friday Games
Cameron at Texas A&M-Commerce
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Tarleton State
Midwestern State at Texas Woman's
Quincy vs. West Texast A&M

Saturday Games
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Angelo State
Cameron at Texas Woman's
Truman State vs. West Texast A&M
West Texast A&M vs. McKendree
Midwestern State at Texas A&M-Commerce

UT-Permian Basin ate Midwestern State

McMurry at Angelo State 7:00 PM
McM Game Notes
ASU Game Notes
Live Stats
ASU Radio
McM Radio

The only game not at the LSC Football Festival.  Both teams opened with wins over not-so-good teams last week.  The Rams piled up 607 total yards of offense and gave up just 288 in their 38-6 win over Western State.  Kyle Washington threw for 362 yards and 2 TDs, averaging  over 10 yards per attempt, and added another 60 rushing.   Dakarai Pecikonis made a successful return to the field with 9 catches for 163 yards.  Clayton Callicutt had 3.5 sacks to lead the defense.  For McMurry, it was Matt McHugh throwing for 303 yards and 2 TDs, averaging 13 yards per attempt in his QB collegiate debut.  The Warhawks defeated Houston Baptist 26-17 in a tightly contested game.

The Rams will tune up again for next week's big game against West Texas A&M, keeping the offense balanced, and the defense preparing for a pass-heavy offense.  ASU 38-17.

LSC Football Festival Fan Information Guide
Link to AT&T Stadium Bag Policy

Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. Texas A&M-Commerce  10:00 AM
Joe Bergeron and Ashton Dorsey talk about the SFA game last week & the TAMK game this weekend
Live Stats
Live Audio via KETR 
A&M-Commmerce Game Notes 
Texas A&M-Kingsville Game Notes

A quick glance shows that both teams are 1-1 entering the game.  However, that is about the only similarity in these oldest of LSC rivals.  Texas A&M-Commerce leads the LSC with 443 yards passing per game, TAMK is giving up just 198.  Texas A&M-Kingsville is last in passing yards with a 115 yard per game average, while TAMC is last in pass defense at 410 yards weekly.  The Lions have done a better job running the ball (214-160) and stopping the run (115-169) than the Javelinas, though not against SFA last week.

While this should be a fairly comfortable win for the Lions, they need only look back to the 2012 game between these two schools to see "that on any given Saturday..."   Lions roll, 38-17.

Shorter vs. West Texas A&M   1:00 PM
WTAM Game Notes
Live Stats

For the first time since 2009, the Buffs have started the season 0-2.  That year they lost their first three games and five of the first six.  They find themselves at or near the bottom of the LSC in scoring offense and defense, total offense and defense, rushing offense (not a big stretch here) and defense, and middle of the pack in passing offense (FIFTH!) and defense.  Shorter is also at or near the bottom of their conference in scoring (27.5) points allowed (22.0),  total offense (286) and defense (371.5), passing (79.5) and pass defense (292).  They do run the ball (206.5) and defend the run (79.5) well.

Not exactly a marquee GSC program to bring to the big stage in Dallas, but it may be just what WT needs to get back on track.  If they can slow down the run game (and they should), they win comfortably.  WT 35-17.

Florida Tech vs. #12 Tarleton State   5:00 PM
TSU Game Notes
FIT Game Notes
Live Stats
TSU Audio

The Texans won the first big LSC matchup last week, edging West Texas A&M 31-27 in Canyon.  They move up to  #12 in the latest AFCA poll.  Collin Strahan went 16-22 with 123 yards passing and 124 rushing, while Eric Mathews was 2-3 for 47 yards passing and had 20 yards rushing in the two-QB rotation. Zach Henshaw had 107 yards rushing and Cody Burtscher added 44 with 2 TDs, including the game winner with 10:22 left in the ball game.  WT was driving after that score and had the ball inside the Texan 30, but TSU came up with a big sack on 3rd down, and were able to run out the remaining 5 minutes of the game to secure the win.  Florida Tech comes into the game 2-0, but the wins were over Stetson (a second year FCS program like Houston Baptist) and Ave Maria (an NAIA school).  FWIW, they are scoring 48 points a game, and allowing 9).  They average 435 yards on offense, 184.5 rushing and 250.5 passing.  They allow 219 yards per game, 119 rushing and 100 passing.

Another new GSC program, another ho-hum matchup for the LSC Football Festival (sure would like to see Valdosta, North Alabama or Delta State).  Tarleton should win this win handily - TSU 42-7.

Eastern New Mexico vs. Midwestern State 8:00 PM  Game of the Week
MSU Game Notes
ENMU Game Notes
Live Statistics

MSU Audio
ENMU Audio

Easily the marquee game, and kudos for the schedulers getting them in the proper time slot.  Early in the season, there is not much to separate these two in the stats book.  Both offenses are averaging more than 40 points, 500 total yards, over 275 rushing yards, and 220-230 yards passing.  The defenses are allowing right at 310 yards a game, they are 1-2 in rush defense and 6-7 in pass defense.  Dante Taylor (MSU) and E'lon Spight (ENMU) are 1-2 in the LSC rushing, and Jacob Johnson (48.2 yds per catch) and Levy Wilson (50 yds per catch) are dangerous pass threats.  A big difference so far has been at QB - ENMU's Jeremy Buurma is averaging 221 yds per game and has a passer rating of 232, while MSU's Jake Glover threw for just 86 yards with an efficiency rating of 69.6 against Missouri S&T.  The Mustangs will need to be better than 2-14 on 3rd down conversions,  and in the red zone (5 trips, 1 TD, 3 FGs).  The Greyhounds will hope to continue in those areas (40% on 3rd downs, 8-8 in the red zone, with 7 TDs, 1 FG).

While they won't sneak up on anyone this year, the Greyhounds look to be even better than last year and won't need the element of surprise.  Greyhounds win a close one, 28-24.

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